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Tithing is an important part of our relationship with God.

  • IS TITHING IMPORTANT NOWADAYS.

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Tithing is a questionable topic among Christians. People have many questions and concerns about it, but disagreeing about what to sacrifice to God is not a new debate. This is a very old argument. One of the first disagreements we read about in the Bible arose between people exactly on the issue of sacrifice — when Cain was offended by Abel because of his sacrifice (see Genesis 4:3-5).


Today I want to tell you what I see in the scriptures about tithing and what I believe about it. I have no intention to argue with anyone. I know that if a person decides tithing is optional and unimportant for him, then convincing him otherwise is not easy. He will continue to disagree. But for those who believe tithing is an important part of their relationship with God, this post will be an encouragement.


  • IS TITHING A RULE OF THE OLD OR NEW TESTAMENT?


Some people believe that Jesus rescinded all the laws of the Old Testament and that this means tithing does not apply to people living in the New Testament. However, that is not true. Tithing is not a rule of the Old or New Testament. Tithing is simply part of having a relationship with God. It’s a principle that existed long before the law of Moses.


  • THE ESSENCE OF TEN PERCENT


When a person gives God ten percent of his income, he thereby tells himself, God, and all those around him that he is not a self-sufficient person who can perfectly take care of himself, using only his strength, skills, knowledge, and experience. Tithing to God shows that this person comprehends God as the source of his strength, knowledge, income, security, and everything he has!


We see examples of this in the Bible. Abraham was prompted to tithe to the priest Melchizedek 430 years before the law of Moses was given (see Genesis 14:20). And Jacob dedicated a tenth of all he had to God 300 years before the Law (see Genesis 28:22). It’s hard for me to say whether Abraham and Jacob knew that a tenth of everything on the earth belonged to the Lord — this was later written in Leviticus 27:30 — but they recognized that God was their source of security.


  • WHAT DOES THE LAW OF MOSES SAY?


So, tithing was not a creation of the Law of Moses. It was part of having a relationship with God long before the Jewish people received the Law. The law of Moses gave the Israelites exact rules and regulations on how to properly tithe, from which fruit they should tithe, and where their tithe should be brought. It also contained other practical pedagogy about tithing.


However, we learn from the book of Malachi that over time the Israelites either discontinued to tithe at all or brought their tithe and forgot how central it was to their relationship with God. Because they lost sight of the objective of tithing, the people began to bring bad things to God, sometimes even bringing things of such impoverished quality that they could not have even used them.


But God does not reject tithes — He corrects our motivation and focuses on the attitude with which we bring our gifts to Him. This is exactly what 2 Corinthians 9:7 says:


“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”


In the New Testament, the Lord warns us against the mistakes made by people living according to the principles of the Old Testament, bringing their tithes as a duty to the law, under difficulty.


  • THE NEW TESTAMENT CORRECTS THIS ERROR


I think that for you and me the opinion of our Lord on this topic is very important. Therefore, I want to remind you that Jesus speaks of tithing in the New Testament:


“Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:15-22).


That is, it is necessary to honor God as the ultimate authority and power in our lives, and it’s also important to recognize the state as the human authority and power in our lives on earth. And Jesus also said that the Pharisees did the right thing, giving from both a large income and the smallest income (see Matthew 23:23).


  • WHERE DO I GIVE/DONATE MY TITHE?


When a believer decides to tithe, he usually asks the following question: where should I give my tithe? Tithing must be given to the local church, the place that is your spiritual home. Ultimately, the local church is meant to be the place where believers attend, submit to the leadership of the pastor, and bring their tithe or you can give the tithe directly by helping the poor people, orphanages, widows, and those people who need your help.


But there are also people who, for various reasons, cannot attend a local church. Some of these people are spiritually fed by churches who stream their services online or by various means through the media. Your tithe should go where you are being fed spiritually or help underprivileged people from your heart, not by anyone forcing you.

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